Raffaella A. Del Sarto
PhD, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), SAIS Europe (Bologna campus)
Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, SAIS Europe - The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Academic Director, Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA), SAIS Europe
Robert Schuman Distinguished Fellow, European University Institute (Sept. 2019 - March 2020)
Part-time professor - European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre (2011-3/2019)
Pears Fellow in Israel and Mediterranean Studies, St Antony's College, Oxford University (2007-2011)
Marie Curie Fellow, European University Institute (2005-2007)
Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Insitute (2004-2005)
PhD in International Relations (summa cum laude) - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Interests & expertise
International relations of the Middle East
The domestic-foreign policy nexus
Borders, power and interdependence
Relations between Europe/the EU and MENA/the Mediterranean Middle East
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Israel's foreign and domestic policies
Fluent: English, Italian, German, French, Hebrew
Some Arabic (intermediate) and some Spanish (reading and comprehension)
The History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East - SAIS Europe
Europe and the Mediterranean Middle East - SAIS Europe
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: History, Politics, Narratives - SAIS Europe
New book: just published
(2021). 'Sectarian Securitization in the Middle East and the Case of Israel, International Affairs 97(3): 759-778.
Recent academic publications (books and articles)
2021. ‘Sectarian Securitization in the Middle East and the Case of Israel’, International Affairs 97(3): 759-778, doi: 10.1093/ia/iiab011
2020, eds. Resisting Europe: Practices of Contestation in the Mediterranean Middle East, Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press (with Simone Tholens)
2019. ‘Stuck in the Logic of Oslo: Europe and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’, The Middle East Journal 73(3): 376-396.
2017. Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
2017. ‘Contentious Borders in the Middle East and North Africa: Context and Concepts’, International Affairs 93(4): 767-787.
2017 (ed.). ‘Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa post-2011’, special issue of International Affairs 93(4), co-edited with Louise Fawcett and Asli S. Okyay, abstracts at https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iix140
2016. ‘Normative Empire Europe: The European Union, Its Borderlands, and the “Arab Spring”’, Journal of Common Market Studies 54(2): 215-232.
2015 (ed.). Fragmented Borders, Interdependence and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Recent essays, opinion pieces, policy reports & working papers
2020. Olive Branch or Fig Leaf? What Israel’s Normalisation Processes Really Mean for Regional Security (with Charles Lawrie), LSE Middle East Centre blog, 13 November.
______. 'How Europe lost Turkey' (with Soner Cagaptay), Duvar English, 28 October.
2019. 'Trump's Israel-Palestine plan is all smoke and mirrors', The Hill, 21 June.
2019. Insecurity, Identity Politics, and the Restructuring of the Middle East, in Shifting Global Politics and the Middle East, POMEPS Studies 34, Project on Middle East Political Science, March (the complete collection is available here).
2019. Interregnum: The Regional Order in in the Middle East and North Africa after 2011, MENARA Final Report no. 1, February, with Helle Malmvig and Eduard Soler i Lecha.
2018. 'The Mirage of Regionalism in the Middle East and North Africa Post-2011,' MENARA Working Papers No. 18, October, with Eduard Soler i Lecha.
2018. 'New Trends in Identity Politics in the Middle East and North Africa and their Impact on State-Society Relations,' MENARA Working Papers No. 14, October 2018, with Silvia Colombo (lead author), Enrico Campelli, and Francesca Caruso.
2018. ‘The Governance of Migration and Border Controls in the European-North African Context’, MENARA Working Paper No. 13, September, with Jean-Pierre Cassarino.
2017. 'After Mosul, are borders and state sovereignty still an issue in the Middle East?', Oxford University Press blog (OUPblog), with Asli S. Okyay.